Craig Burley suggests Old Firm battle may be embarrassing, slams bang-average Rangers team

Rangers are 'bang-average', according to former Celtic star Craig Burley.

Former Celtic midfielder and current pundit Craig Burley has told The Scottish Sun that the Old Firm clash with Rangers this weekend could be another 'total embarrassment'.

After Celtic beat Morton 3-0 and Rangers hammered Dundee 4-0 in the last round of the Scottish Cup, the two famous Old Firm rivals were paired against each other in the semi-finals, stoking the bitter rivalry yet again.

The teams have met only once in the last four years due to Rangers' demise from Scottish Premiership title contenders to having to start from the bottom rung of Scottish football, and Celtic coasted past a pitiful Rangers side 2-0 at Hampden Park over a year ago.

Now though, things are different. Rangers are revitalised under manager Mark Warburton, and have just won both the Scottish Championship and the Petrofac Training Cup, whilst Celtic have been unconvincing throughout the season under Ronny Deila.

Those factor have caused great intrigue in this clash, but one former Celtic player isn't quite so excited about the two teams facing each other this Sunday.

Craig Burley, who scored 20 goals in 64 games for Celtic as a player, has told The Scottish Sun that he won't be watching the game, as it pits a 'bang-average' Rangers team against 'one of the worst Celtic teams in recent memory'.

Burley added that last year's clash between the two teams was a 'total embarrassment', and wouldn't be surprised it this weekend's game is similar in quality - or lack thereof - before even suggesting that the rivalry isn't as big as people like to think it is.

"Why would I watch a bang-average Rangers team, that has won the second level in Scotland, playing against one of the worst Celtic teams in recent memory?" said Burley. "Celtic and Rangers fans will watch it, I get that. But if you’re an outsider, why would you?"

"The last game between them was a total embarrassment so this one’s unlikely to be a showcase for all that’s good about Scottish football. People say Rangers against Celtic is a global game and it’ll be great. Global, yes. But great? Really? People kid themslves on. The standard isn’t going to be great, not to a TV audience that’s used to La Liga and the English Premier League," he added.

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